Arts InSight

Lawndale’s Annual ‘Big Show’ Gives Houston Artists A Chance to Be Seen

Posted on · Each year, Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within a hundred mile radius of Houston to submit their art work for its annual juried exhibition called “The Big Show.” Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse asks Lawndale Executive Director Christine West why an “open call” show like this is so important to Houston and its art […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It’s by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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More Houstonian Pet Peeves, Dogs and Cats, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, June 16, 2014

Posted on · Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your […]

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Sculptures on Heights Boulevard Aim to Make Art More Accessible

Posted on · You might have noticed something a little strange on Heights Boulevard recently, a building that appears to be sinking into the ground, an over-sized paper airplane made of metal or giant lawn chairs. No, you’re not hallucinating; it’s an art exhibit that is the brainchild of Gus Kopriva, the owner of Redbud Gallery. Gus spoke […]

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Tim Rice Discusses the Art of Writing Blockbuster Musicals

Posted on · Lyricist Tim Rice is probably best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, on musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar  (two shows which will be on stage here in Houston over the next year) and Evita, a production of which wraps up here in Houston on Sunday. Rice is also well-known for […]

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Brown v. Board Legacy, Astrodome Revisited, and Lyricist Tim Rice: Houston Matters for Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]

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Maintaining Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden Requires an Annual Visit from Japanese Master Gardeners

Posted on · This spring, you might’ve enjoyed the occasional stroll through Hermann Park and its Japanese Garden. However, the garden’s many crepe myrtles, azaleas and cherry trees don’t stay beautiful on their own. Every year a team of master gardeners from Japan comes to Houston to tend to the garden. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse paid a […]

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Houston’s Hot Weather: It’s Not All Bad…But Mostly

Posted on · Whether it’s felt like it or not the last couple days, hot weather is coming. The months-long ordeal that is Houston heat and humidity will be here soon. So how does the heat in Houston change our daily habits and routines? How do you cope with the heat? And are there any activities or chores […]

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Architecture Tour Gives Houstonians Close Up Look at the City’s Most Notable Designs

Posted on · The 38th Annual Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour will take place from 1 1o 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Titled “Additionally,” this spring’s tour brings members and their guests to eight Houston residences, dating from 1885 to 1964, that have been given substantial additions in recent years by local architecture […]

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Familiar Family Drama at the Heart of ‘August: Osage County’

Posted on · Well, we made it through the holidays. And for some Houstonians, that’s no small feat. If you’re lucky, you had a great time with family and friends. If you’re not so lucky, well, maybe there was an awkward conversation with the fam over dinner, an argument, a crisis, a showdown, someone had too much to […]

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Houston Diversity, Closing Recycling Centers & New Texans Coach: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · New census data tell us one in four people in Harris County is originally from another country; recycling centers are closing because more people are getting their big green bins; and the Texans hire a man well-versed in righting a troubled football ship in Bill O’Brien: It’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Houston […]

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New Laws, New Houstonians, New Texans Coach: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Posted on · It’s a new year, Houston. And that means some new federal, state and local laws have taken effect this week. We’ll learn about them as we talk with South Texas College of Law Professor Matthew Festa on this edition of Houston Matters. Also: we explore the year ahead in business in Houston with KUHF’s Andrew Schneider. Then: […]

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Banning Spanish in Class, The Return of Krispy Kreme, & Galveston as a Destination on the Rise: It’s The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · We talk about The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News, such as a principal trying to ban the speaking of Spanish in an area school, the return of Krispy Kreme donuts to Houston, and Galveston as a “destination on the rise,” according to one travel website. Our panel of admitted non-experts is comprised […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]